Black vaudeville acts are featured in this Vitaphone Pepper Pot short. In addition to those listed in the credits, acts include The 3 Whippets, a group of acrobats; and The Five Racketeers,...
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Black vaudeville acts are featured in this Vitaphone Pepper Pot short. In addition to those listed in the credits, acts include The 3 Whippets, a group of acrobats; and The Five Racketeers, a band that initially backs up Eunice Wilson and then sings "Tiger Rag". Written by
David Glagovsky <email@example.com>
Highly entertaining Vitaphone short from Warner delivers exactly what the title says as we get a look at some black musical acts and other performers. First up is The 3 Whippets who are a trio of dancers who do an act dealing with back flips, somersaults and various other tricks including the highlight of the film where one keeps each foot on a different chair and what he does will have your eyes budging out. Adelaide Hall does a number called 'To Love You Again', which was a fairly catchy number. Up third are The Nicholas Brothers, a tap-dancing team. Finally we get The Five Racketeers who perform 'I Don't Know Why' and 'Tiger Rag'. If you're interested in these early race films then this here is certainly a must have simply because there aren't too many of them still available today. All four acts were entertaining as the nine-minute running time goes by extremely fast but the first group would be my favorite.
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